Steel Text in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a steel text using layer styles. In the process, you will learn how to create a scratch pattern with a simple brush.

Final result:

Lesson resources:

Step 1. Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1000×700 pixels with a resolution of 72dpi. Open the first metal texture in a separate Photoshop document and tool Move (Move Tool) (V) transfer it to the created document. Tool Free transform (Ctrl + T) resize the texture as you like.

Step 2. Open the second metal texture in a separate document. Go to Image> Image Size (Image> Image Size) and enter the values ​​shown in the screenshot below.

Then go to menu Editing> Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), name the texture “Steel Texture” and click OK. Close this document and return to the main one. The document with the first texture can also be closed.

Step 3. In this step we will create two more patterns. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and fill it with white using the tool Fill(Paint Bucket Tool) (G). Select a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) size of 1 pixel and a hardness of 100%. Draw black lines as shown in the following screenshot. The more lines there are, the more scratches will appear on the text.

How to finish creating the pattern, go to menu Editing> Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), name the pattern “Scratches”.

Create another layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and fill it with white. Draw the pattern shown below using a simple brush of a different size. Save this pattern as “Scratches 2”.
Make both layers with black lines invisible. You can return to them and correct the pattern, if suddenly you do not like the result in the future.

Step 4. Download the font “Cafe Nero M54” to the font library. Choose a tool Horizontal text(Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and write “STEEL STYLE”.

Double-click on the text layer to open the styles window. Apply the following styles:


Inner shadow:

External glow:

Internal luminescence:


Texture: Use the “Scratches 2” pattern created in the third step.


Color overlay:

Stroke: use the “Steel Pattern” created in the second step.

Gradient overlay:

Pattern Overlay: Pattern “Steel Pattern” from the second step.

Result after applying styles:

Step 5. Make a copy of the text layer (Ctrl + J). Then click on the copy with the right mouse button and select Clear layer style (Clear Layer Style) to remove styles.

Step 6. Go to the copy style menu and apply the styles shown below.


Texture: Use the “Scratches” pattern.

Without closing the style window, drag the texture onto the canvas with the mouse as you like.

Step 7. Steel text is ready. In this step we will make it more realistic. Hide a copy of the text layer by clicking on the eye icon.

Select the original text layer and make another copy of it (Ctrl + J). Right click on the copy and select Rasterize the text (Rasterize Type). Then select the tool Brush(Brush Tool) (B), right-click on the canvas and enter the values ​​shown below.

Enlarge the canvas and draw the edges of the text.

Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) erase some parts of the text as shown below.

Step 8. Make a copy of the text layer you worked on in the previous step. Apply the same layer styles to it as in step 6. You can simply copy them through the layers context menu.

Final result:

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